March 13, 2022
This week, Angela Sprunger from Ohio University was in the studio for a private lesson. She wanted to see my studio and equipment in operation and explore watermarking and pigmenting. She also ended up doing some pulp stenciling experiments. The learning from these sessions is mutual – I always get a lot out of them myself!
I had a lovely conversation on Paper Talk with the publisher/author and illustrator of Read Island, a children’s book featuring cut-paper illustrations. Nicole Magistro and Alice Feagan live and work right here in the Vail Valley of Colorado.
Better late than never! Jo Stealey’s exhibit “EXTRA/ORDINARY” just closed at the Windgate Art & Design Gallery on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus.) The show featured over 30 objects including pedestal- and wall-sculptures, intricately designed three-dimensional art books, and a large-scale installation titled “The Forest” that simultaneously transforms the gallery into a dense woodland, a riverbed with monumental reeds and rocks, and an otherworldly landscape.
This isn’t about paper, but you know I love a good community project, and wow is this one powerful: weaving camouflage nets for Ukrainian troops. Weaver Olena Shevtsova sells handmade Slavic and Ukrainian patterned belts, sashes, scarves and even guitar straps online to support her family, but since Russian forces moved into her country, she’s used her skills to help make camouflage webbing to protect Ukrainian troops. This article talks about how people are making purchases on Etsy (you can too) to support makers like Shevtsova in the Ukraine.
I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects in my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!
Robert Lang contributed this origami parrot project. Watch one square sheet of paper transform and end up perched on a finger. Lang has been folding origami for more than 50 years and, with more than 800 original designs, he is recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art. He uses mathematics to advance origami techniques for applications in technology, including folding a giant telescope into a compact form so that it can travel to space. The Art of Papercraft includes instructions for how to make this clever parrot as well as 39 other unique and versatile paper projects.
I was a guest on the Left Brain Artist Podcast this week. Have a listen!
Special thanks to those of you who bid on my first weaving for Ukraine. I’ve decided to post a few more weavings on my website rather than holding more auctions. All profit from the sale of these weavings, along with donations to the blog in March (you can find a link for that at the bottom of this post) will be donated to Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. Let’s help our brothers and sisters by raising some money together. Click here to purchase a weaving.
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